Two Men Arrested for Illegally Dumping in El Sereno

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Two men caught on video dumping trash in El Sereno were facing misdemeanor charges of illegal dumping, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said on May 14.

“Thanks to hard work and our use of technology, we were able to charge these suspects with crimes against our quality of life,” Trutanich said.

Eastside City Councilman Jose Huizar had some cameras set up where illegal dumping was a problem, and that led to the arrests of Pablo Reyes Hernandez, 56, on May 20 and Fredy Noe Gonzales, 43, on June 13 and June 28.

The cameras used in identifying illegal dumping suspects are on loan from the California Air Resources Board.

“This is an example of what happens when residents, city departments and elected officials work together to send a clear message to those who litter our neighborhoods, hillsides and open spaces,” Huizar said.

Ballot Recommendations, City of Los Angeles

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On Tuesday, Los Angeles voters will head to the polls, or at least they should, to cast ballot in a number of office holder races and for several ballot propositions.

Voter turnout for the March primary was dismal, an ongoing problem in off year elections when most of the issues are local.

This campaign cycle has been particularly unsavory with millions of dollars of special interest money pouring in for many of the candidates, to the frustration of many voters.

In that light, one of the most important propositions on Tuesday’s ballot is one that lacks enforcement capabilities, but if passed should put our representatives in Washington D.C. on notice.

We urge a Yes vote on Proposition C—A resolution calling on our congressional representatives to support an amendment to the Constitution that would nullify a US Supreme Court decision that allows corporations to have the same political rights and qualities as individuals. Since the Court’s decision, special interest money has flowed unfettered into campaigns at all levels of the political spectrum, from local school board races to the presidential campaign. The amount of money being spent has made it virtually impossible for anyone who is not financially well off or highly connected to money interests to get elected. We think that’s wrong and a far cry from what democracy and representative government are suppose to be about.

To be clear, a yes vote is not a vote that will change the Constitution today, nor will it require that your elected representative cast a vote for any particular amendment wording. The only power behind Proposition C is your vote and hopefully its ability to send a strong message to our elected officials that it’s time to start the dialogue and process for correcting the court’s problematic ruling. Vote Yes on Proposition C

Carmen Trutanich for City Attorney

Mr. Trutanich has been able to reach all communities in the city with his efforts to lower crime and address the concerns of residents regarding issues of safety enforcement. We feel that of the two candidates in the race he has the broadest understanding of the issues that concern people living east of downtown, particularly those in low income communities who do not have access to private attorneys to address their issues.

Mike Feuer has been a competent legislator, however, we feel that the people of Los Angeles will be better served by Mr. Trutanich continuing in the office for another term.

We Recommend Measure D

When Californians first voted on the issue of legalizing marijuana they were told they should vote for it as a way of providing medical relief for people who were suffering; it was the compassionate thing to do.

They were told that there were regulations for the growing and consumption of marijuana that would safeguard the way it was sold.

We later found out that there were in fact not adequate controls for what turned out to be a growing enterprise that quickly took root in neighborhoods with little regard to local safety or zoning issues.

Now we are faced with what to do with the number of businesses selling the drug. Gone for the most part are the exchanges and prescriptions that people thought would be the safeguards in the system. Large numbers of shops are now operating with little license or taxing requirements for its sale and the federal government still considers the sale of marijuana to be illegal.

That has to change. Regulations and order must be put in place.

Of the three marijuana initiatives on the ballot we believe Measure D provides the best regulatory solution. It reaffirms the original safeguards the public believed they had voted on. It limits the number of outlets to the approximately 135 that have operated since 2007 and are registered with the city, pay city taxes, pay for annual background checks. It does not deal with the problematic conflict with federal law, but it is better than allowing the industry to continue to run amok.

Vote Yes on Measure D

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The Parched Truth About American Jobs

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At last, some excellent economic news for folks long-mired in the stagnant labor market.

“Jobs Spring Back,” exclaimed a typical headline on recent reports that 165,000 private-sector jobs were added in April. Wow — the thunderous, three-year boom of prosperity that has rained riches on Wall Street is finally beginning to shower on our streets, right?

Well, as dry-land farmers can tell you: Thunder ain’t rain. Read beneath the joyful headlines and you’ll see the parched truth.

For example, more than a third of working-age Americans are either out of work or have given up on finding a job. Also, last month’s hiring increase was almost entirely for receptionists, waiters, temp workers, car-rental agents, and other low-wage positions. Plus, manufacturing, generally the source of good, middle-class jobs, didn’t add workers in April, when the unemployment rate inched back to 7.5 percent.

Especially problematic was the continued rise in underemployment — people wanting full-time work, but having to take part-time and temporary jobs. Underemployment is also pounding college graduates. While they’ve been more successful than non-grads at landing jobs, they’re not getting jobs that fit their career goals or even require the degrees they spent money and time to obtain.

Indeed, many of those rental agents and restaurant employees you encounter hold four-year degrees, forcing everyone else to scramble for the few, even lower-paid jobs farther down the skill ladder. Meanwhile, the next graduating class is about to flood into the labor market with nowhere to go.

America’s middle class is in a crisis, while our pathetic political leaders pretend Wall Street’s prosperity covers us all — and the corporate media puts little happy-face stickers over the dark reality faced by the workaday majority. columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

Immigration Follies

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The illegal immigration problem feels like it’s been going on forever. Every time somebody tries to fix it, they only make it worse, and by worse I mean more costly and more harmful to the people involved. The current fix being planned in Congress is the worst yet, worst because it will harm millions more people than ever before and cost trillions of American taxpayer dollars.

To begin with, Washington’s politicians are treating this issue as if the immigrants are the beginning and the end of the problem, when they are just the symptom to a deeper problem. That main problem is the Mexican government. It is one of the most corrupt governments in the world. It is completely controlled by special interest groups, large monopolies, Drug Lords and rich powerful landowners. The Mexican politicians represent only these rich special interest groups, not the Mexican middle class or the poor.

The reason the poor are not represented in the Mexican government is that the poor are moving to America and so can not vote in Mexican elections to get people in government that represent them and so create a climate where the poor can more easily move up the financial scale and obtain a better life. By running off to America, the poor of Mexico are running away from their responsibility to vote for people who represent them and so create a government in Mexico that represents them and their interests. So, since many of the poor have gone to America, the rich have a majority in the Mexican government.

To demonstrate the effect of this; imagine if the Republicans get rid of the Democrats in America by sending them to Canada, the result would be a government run by Republicans only and so only the supporters of the Republicans and their interests get taken care of.  Some people would say this is good, others will say not good. But this is the situation in Mexico and the way to put the Mexican government back in balance is to get the Mexicans who ran off to America, back to Mexico to vote the right people into their government. But this is not happening because it is not in the interest of Democrats who want the votes of these Mexicans to keep the Democrats in power.

What America is really doing is supporting those rich special interest groups in Mexico by reducing the number of poor Mexicans who would vote against their interests. While it is true that Mexicans in America can vote with a absentee ballot, they do not do this for fear of being caught and deported.

Some of the special interest groups in Mexico are often referred as the “Untouchables”, their power is really that strong. They do not like competition so they have the government put up barriers to any Mexican citizen who wants to start up a business that may give them some competition. They have the government give them problems, like regulations and taxes to make it impossible to make any profit. This is why about half the people in Mexico live in severe poverty, often in dirt floor shacks without running water or electricity. One of the reasons the poverty is not higher in Mexico is the 18 billion dollars sent to Mexico from Mexicans living in America, it is in fact the 10th largest source of income in Mexico.

Most of the land in Mexico is owned by rich people who are well connected to the government that gives them just about any favor they want to keep competition away. Again, leaving the average citizen without any land, unless they pay large rental fees to the landowners, and taxes to the government.

It will be noted that Mexico has little and in some cases no border control on the border with America, this is so because Mexico wants the poor to move to America. In fact, the Mexican government gives the poor who want to leave, instructions on how to go to America and what to do once they get here.

While Mexico is pushing out these poor people; America is attracting them with free education, welfare, food stamps and many other social services. This is so because the powers that be in America, namely the Democrats who want their votes since they vote mostly Democratic, and the Republicans also want these immigrants for the cheap labor; it is believed that the American farm industry cannot harvest their crops without this Mexican labor. So, come to America is what they do.

Anybody who suggests that the illegal Mexicans that are in America be sent back to Mexico is called a racist and a hateful person. But to be realistic about this; if  Mexicans that are in America are sent back to Mexico they can then vote for politicians who will represent their interests and so create opportunities for them to make a decent living and get other help from the government. Then and only then can this problem of illegal immigration to America be solved.  Mexico can then join the other nations of the world with a modern economy that benefits everybody. The current direction America and Mexico are on will only continue the disastrous situation that is causing terrible pain and suffering for the people of Mexico and America.

So, the whole immigration issue is just rigging elections by Mexico and America. While the people in both countries are getting hurt by this.

Mexico has a population of 116,220,947, about half live in poverty so there are 59 million poor people living in Mexico. If about half of these 59 million poor Mexicans receive money from relatives in America they most likely will remain in Mexico, but this still leaves 29 million Mexicans who will have a stronger incentive to move to America if Congress passes immigration reform. If this happens, no Republican will get elected to office again. The cost of social service to these Mexican will most likely bankrupt America. But then again, America is headed for bankruptcy anyway.

Jose Lugo is an editor at Direct Democracy TV.

Farmers Market Place at Bell Gardens Intermediate School

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Saturday, May 18, 9am-1pm Final MUSD School-Based Farmers Market Place at Bell Gardens Intermediate School. Produce grown by environmental and garden clubs at Garfield Elementary, Bell Gardens Elementary, Intermediate & High schools, Wilcox Elementary, Cesar Chavez Elementary & Suva Elementary and Intermediate schools. Event will include classic car show, free children eye exams & glasses, information & resource booths and organic produce, healthy snacks, plants & crafts for sale. Bell Gardens Intermediate is located at 3841 Live Oak St., Bell Gardens 90201. For more information, call (562) 927-1319.

Community Calendar: May 16,2013-May 22, 2013

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Today, Thurs. May 16

6pm—“Taste of Boyle Heights” Fundraiser & Public Concert Benefitting the East LA Community Corporation at the Historic Boyle Hotel-Cummings Block. Kicks off with a paid reception/food tasting with local restaurants & street vendors ($100 per person) at 6pm, followed by a free (no food) public concert featuring Buyepongo at 7pm. Councilman Jose Huizar & Leadership for Urban Renewal Now (LURN) to be honored. Boyle Hotel is located at 101 N Boyle Ave., LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 863-8040 or email

7pm—NELAart Short Film Series Screening featuring seven Independent Short Films at the Highland Theatre, 5604 N. Figueroa St., LA 90042. Tickets $10; Seating limited, advanced preferred seating available at Ticket gets you into the post screening party at The York, 5018 York Blvd. LA 90042. For more information, contact Alessandro at

Friday, May 17

8:30am-4pm—Alzheimer’s Association Annual Caregiver Wellness Day in Montebello. Caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease & other dementias get stress. Speak with professionals who specialize in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care. $5 suggested donation. Location: DePaul Center, 1105 Bluff Rd., in Montebello 90640. To register (required) or for information, call Joseph Herrera at (323) 881-0574 or email

10am—Free, Three-Day LéaLA, Book Fair Kicks off at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Event includes exhibit space, author talks, book signings, discussion forums, and more than 100 activities in the children’s area. Ends Sunday. For more information, visit

6pm—Sacred Heart Community Fiesta 2013 in Lincoln Heights. Three-day event includes carnival rides, food booths, beer garden, live entertainment and more. Hours: Friday, 6-11pm; Saturday, 2-11pm; Sunday, 9:30am-8pm. Sacred Heart is located at 2210 Sichel St, between Griffin Ave & Workman St. For more information, contact Robert Vega (323) 574-1063.

8pm—Company of Angeles Presents L.A.Views: playlist at the Alexandria in LA’s downtown historic district: 501 S. Spring St, 3rd Floor. Playwrights’ mix-tape to Los Angeles, to its freeways and palm trees, traffic and culture, language and the Hollywood dream. Shows Friday-Sunday through June 9. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

Saturday, May 18

8:30am-1pm—9th Annual Family Community Learning Faire at El Sereno Middle School, hosted by the El Sereno Healthy Start Project. Workshops on health, social, culture and education. Entertainment by Las Cafeteras & community bike ride led by the Eastside Bike Club. School is located at 2839 N. Eastern, LA 90032.

9-11am—Montebello Elks Lodge #2051 Monthly Breakfast. Open to the public, menu includes eggs, bacon or sausage, potatoes, waffles, juice, coffee & deserts for $8 donation. Location: Elks Lodge, 506 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello; enter in the rear. For more information, call (323) 721-8506 between 2 and 9pm, Sun. after 9am.

9am-1pm—Free County Used Motor Oil & Oil Filter Recycling Event at East L.A. College. Free oil containers, containers for oil filters, shop towels and funnels while supplies last. Location: Floral Drive and Bleakwood Ave parking lot/1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, 91754. For more information visit

9am-Noon—Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) 24th Annual Great LA River Clean Up/La Gran Limpieza. Volunteers will clean up 15 river sites, including Taylor Yard, Fletcher Drive, Arroyo Seco Pasadena, Los Feliz and others. Service hour certificates available. Register at

11am-5pm—Free Admission to Museum of Latin American Art  (MOLAA), the only museum in the US exclusively dedicated to modern & contemporary Latin American art. MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, 90802. For more information, call (562) 437-1689 or visit

7pm—Family Movie Night Under the Stars at the Highland Park Recreation Center. Bring, blankets, chairs and snacks and see Disney’s Finding Nemo. Free & open to the public.  Hosted byHHPNC.  Recreation Center is located at 6150 Piedmont Ave. LA 90042.

Sunday, May 19

10am-Noon—Public Memorial Honoring Education & Civil Rights Activist Sal Castro, who fought along side East Los Angeles students for equal educational opportunities during the 1960s Walk Outs. Location: Sal Castro Middle School, 1575 West 2nd St. LA 90026. For more information, contact

Noon-5pm—24th Annual Museums of the Arroyo Day. Tour five museums and enjoy music, storytelling, art, crafts & entertainment for free at The Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, The Los Angeles Police Museum, The Lummis Home and Garden & Pasadena Museum of History. For more information, visit


Monthly 4th Saturday DIY Marketplace and Music Fair at La Tierra de la Culebra Art Park in Highland Park on May 25th from 12 noon to 4pm. Local artisans will show their artwork. Food, kids activities & music. La Culebra is located at 240 S. Ave 57, Highland Park,  90042. Contact Alex for vender and schedule information: (323) 206-1209.

Endeavor to Achieve Homeownership Fair at the California Science Center on May 25, 9am-5pm. Includes workshops in English, Spanish & Korean on down payment assistance, credit repair, fraud prevention & more. Free admission to the fair and California Science Center: 700 Exposition Parl Dr., LA 90037. Pre-registration encouraged, visit

Free Small Business, Entrepreneur Conference on May 30 at USC Health Sciences Campus from 7:30am to 12:30pm. Learn about government & private resources that can help you grow your business. Topics: strategic marketing, business plan development, preparing a winning loan application & government contracting. Spanish translations available. USC Campus is located at 1969 Zonal Ave. LA 90033. For more information & to register, contact Vikki at (323) 264-9020 or via email at

Classical Repertory Theatre Company A Noise Within Presents Four Free One-Night Summer Play Readings, starting June 5 at 7pm with “The Heiress” by Ruth & Augustus Goetz & based on the 1880 Henry James novel Washington Square. A Noise Within Theatre is located at 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 91107. Readings are free, but reservations are appreciated, call (626) 356-3121 or visit for additional dates & titles.

Solar-powered ‘Trash Eaters’ Headed to MacArthur Park

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Five high-tech receptacles are coming to the MacArthur Park area, one of Los Angeles’ densest communities, city officials announced last week.

The “Big Belly” solar compactors, which are about the size of a U.S. mailbox, will be installed within the next week or so along 6th and Alvarado streets and will cost $25,000, according to Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, who represents MacArthur Park.

Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, center left, unveiled the solar-powered receptacles in MacArthur Park.(Office of Councilman Ed P. Reyes)

The sealed receptacles will keep trash and odor contained, keep pests and scavengers away and hold five times the amount of trash as a traditional trash can, thereby reducing the number of times the receptacle has to be emptied, according to Reyes, who made the announcement May 9 in front of the MacArthur Park Metro station.

“We are unveiling what I consider the way of the future in trash collecting for the City of Los Angeles,” Reyes said in a written statement.

The receptacle’s compactor, sensors and wireless card are powered by a solar panel on the top of the product and when the trash level reaches its maximum, the sensors activate the compactor to crush the trash. The receptacles fullness and other mechanical problems are sent wirelessly to a monitoring system, according to Joe Albrecht, sales director for Big Belly Solar.

Fewer trips to empty the receptacles mean a reduction in the City’s carbon footprint and less wear and tear on city roads, according to Reyes.

“The Bureau of Sanitation commends Councilmember Reyes and his staff on the purchase of Big Belly Solar bins to combat litter problems plaguing the Alvarado Corridor. Sanitation always welcomes and is grateful for opportunities to partner with Council staff to better serve the environmental needs of their constituents and our customers,” said Javier Polanco, Division Manager, Solid Resources Support Services Division.

The solar receptacles are made by the Newton, MA-based BigBelly. According to the City’s Bureau of Sanitation, they are the most efficient, durable and technologically-advanced forms of waste collection available on the market today.

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